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Traditional Use and Management of Natural Resources in the Hawaiian Islands

  • Edward W. Glazier
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Natural Resource Management book series (PSNRM)

Abstract

Few island societies succeeded in managing the natural world in the grand manner of Native Hawaiians. Even during centuries of population decline and tribulation, ecological knowledge sustained the Hawaiian family and community. This relates to the fact that many descendants of the original settlers consistently resisted undesirable changes and adopted those deemed useful. This chapter describes the nature of such resistance and the persistence of traditional knowledge and use of natural resources around the islands during the historic period. The discussion focuses especially on fishing methods, gear, and management strategies, including the traditional system of kapu (regulations) and oversight of fishing activities by local experts.

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